During the Olympics, one of the female gymnasts was asked how she handles pressure and stress. She said that she doesn’t view pressure to perform as a negative but has labeled it in her mind to be viewed as excitement. This is not a far stretch since stress can be good as well as bad. Without some stress, we would not get the adrenaline up to win races, solve problems, take exams, and make changes in the world.
Stress can be defined as mental, physical, or emotional disturbance, which alters homeostasis of the body and can be experienced both physically and psychologically. It is a form of pressure experienced by a person due to external impact from one’s job/school, death of a loved one, marriage, and so on. However, change has been described as the dominating cause of stress in most cases. Stress is also accompanied by a feeling of threat where the affected person assumes an endangered state of mind. Stress is an undesirable and unpleasant state usually manifested through actions, the way of thinking, and feelings.
Chronic stress cannot be ignored and must be dealt with to avoid decreased immune function, which lead to worsening of ill health and cause debilitating symptoms. The easiest way to deal with divorce stress initially is through action:
Everyone experiences divorce stress differently, including children (especially teen boys and girls):
Adults experience stress differently than teens. Stress is an individual experience and symptoms vary. The signs and symptoms listed below may be signs of disease, so you should not ignore them just because you believe they are stress-related. You must get more serious symptoms checked out by your doctor.
Pay attention to your body and it will serve you well. If you are not able to cope with divorce stress on your own, please consult a mental health professional such as myself who can help you identify triggers and implement new coping strategies to minimize the effect of life roller coasters on your health and well-being.